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Does it pay to be your own contractor? Advice from building experts.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1982 (v.60#5) pg. 32

Tips on choosing a remodeling contractor.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1988 (v.66#4) pg. 174

Dealing with your contractor when you decide to make changes halfway through a remodeling job.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1988 (v.66#5) pg. 111

Advice on how to find the right contractor for home remodeling.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1998 (v.76#11) pg. 76

No-stress contracting. Ten strategies to keep in mind when remodeling a home using a contractor.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1999 (v.77#6) pg. 76

Six steps to home renovating. Includes tips on selecting a contractor and budgeting.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1985 (v.8#4) pg. 51

Taking the gloves off. Guidelines to developing a good relationship with your building or remodeling contractor.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1989 (v.12#11) pg. 37

Tip for encouraging your remodeling contractor to hold down contingency costs.
COST CUTS Jan 1988 (v.5#1) pg. 2

How to schedule volunteer construction workers. Advice from Habitat for Humanity on providing low-cost housing.
COST CUTS Dec 1988 (v.5#11) pg. 1

Model building code primer. A directory of national organizations which play a role in deliberating building code issues and establishing the standards included in codes. Advice on approaching local administrators to secure code changes.
COST CUTS Apr 1989 (v.6#3) pg. 4

How to manage construction jobsite safety. Includes a jobsite safety review checklist.
COST CUTS May 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 1

How to recruit and keep volunteer construction workers for nonprofit housing groups.
COST CUTS Dec 1989-Jan 1990 (v.6#9) pg. 4

Risk control in low-cost construction management. Tips on achieving a desirable balance between risk and cost in the construction business.
COST CUTS Jun 1990 (v.7#3) pg. 1

A look at the ways you can work with a contractor. The pros and cons of the various approaches.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #188 Mar 1978 (v.28#3) pg. 74

Fixing up old homes for money. Story of how one couple in the Chicago area makes a living by buying old houses that are "handyman specials", fixing them up and reselling them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #196 Feb 1979 (v.29#2) pg. 25

The art of recycling houses. A look at the work of Sam and Mary Weir who have made a handsome living by buying older houses, fixing them up and selling them at a profit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #202 Oct 1979 (v.29#8) pg. 12

How to work with contractors.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #206 Feb 1980 (v.30#2) pg. 94

Home improvement contractors and contracts. Advice from Sylvia Porter.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #216 Feb 1981 (v.31#2) pg. 58

A contractor talks about how to deal with contractors.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #255 Jan 1985 (v.35#1) pg. 88

Choosing the right remodeling contractor to work on your home.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #308 May 1990 (v.40#5) pg. 80

Contracting your home. A guide to orchestrating the people, materials and tasks. Includes a 60-point checklist.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 26

About the business of building. Some thoughts on how fee structures and architectual supervision affect the public's opinion of contractors.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #22 Aug-Sep 1984 pg. 61
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #23 Oct-Nov 1984 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #24 Dec 1984-Jan 1985 pg. 4

The art and science of cost estimating for the small home builder.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #27 Jun-Jul 1985 pg. 32

Drawing up a contract. A carefully worded document will prevent confusion and costly misunderstandings between a home builder and his client. A look at the cost-plus contract.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #28 Aug-Sep 1985 pg. 54

Organizing the remodeling project. How one builder creates order at the job site. Tips on protecting the clients home (or neighbors) from the "mess" associated with remodeling or building. Flow chart maps the tasks to be accomplished, time, and sequence of work.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #44 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 46
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #48 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 4

Running the company. Ideas on organization and management for home builders.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #47 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 68
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 4

A builder's liability. Knowing where you stand in the age of expressed and implied warranties.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 76

Arbitration. Alternatives to the courts to resolve disputes in the construction industry. Includes tips on avoiding misunderstandings.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #57 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 76

Tips on converting to the metric system in the U.S. building industry.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #60 Apr-May 1990 pg. 100
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 6

Structuring your business. Basics of a sole proprietorship, partnership, and a corporation.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 78

Job closeout. Ideas for checklists and schedules to help finish on time and within budget.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #69 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 79
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #71 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #72 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 6

Change orders. Suggested procedures for getting construction change authorizations in writing from the people authorized to make them.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #71 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 69
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #74 Apr-May 1992 pg. 6

Decoding building codes. Common sense and open lines of communication unravel the tangle of regulations.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #92 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 pg. 60

Preparing an owner's manual and roughing book (a detailed collection of construction photos) for a new house.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #114 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 74

How to work with a contractor.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Apr 1987 (v.204#4) pg. 210

How to select a reputable insulation contractor.
HANDY ANDY Oct 1978 (v.3#1) pg. 24

Negotiating a remodeling contract. Advice from a professional.
HOME MECHANIX #711 Jul 1987 (v.83) pg. 18

Pros and cons of contractor licensing debated. Includes tips to avoid problems with a contractor.
HOME MECHANIX #734 Jun 1989 (v.85) pg. 22
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #737 Sep 1989 (v.85) pg. 8

How to cut contractor costs. A time- and money-saving guide to home remodeling projects.
HOME MECHANIX #745 May 1990 (v.86) pg. 28

Just add planning. Important tips for coordinating a contract-it-yourself kit-home project. Accompanying articles look at various kits for building home additions, post-and-beam houses, log houses, garages, and storage buildings.
HOME MECHANIX #772 Feb 1993 (v.89) pg. 60

Avoiding disputes with remodeling contractors. Tips on choosing a contractor and the written contract.
HOME MECHANIX #781 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.89) pg. 20

Self-contracting. Money saver or headache? Some advice for those planning a home-improvement project.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1987 (v.12#1) pg. 54

Be your own house contractor. SPECIAL GUIDE to the PBS television series "Hometime". (1) How to work with designers, choose contractors and coordinate schedules. (2) Foundation options. (3) Framing fundamentals. (4) Mechanical systems (plumbing, heating, electrical). (5) Finishing the shell (roofing, siding, windows). (6) Energy efficiency. (7) Interior finishing. (8) Choosing & installing cabinets.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1989 (v.14#1) pg. 19
Correction HOMEOWNER Mar 1989 (v.14#2) pg. 4
Added Info HOMEOWNER Apr 1989 (v.14#3) pg. 7

Hiring help. Choosing a professional who can help with a major remodeling or expansion project. Part 1. Designers.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1990 (v.15#5) pg. 14
Added Info HOMEOWNER Oct 1990 (v.15#8) pg. 6

Hiring help. Part 2. Contractors.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1990 (v.15#6) pg. 16

Turning a profit from a home-fixup hobby. A look at an Oklahoma family who buys, restores and rents houses.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 14

Contracts and contractors. How to get a good deal on your remodeling job.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1981 (v.6#1) pg. 98

Build your own home. What you should know before you become your own contractor.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 21

How to work with a home-improvement contractor.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #659 Apr 1983 (v.79) pg. 80

Tips on how to make a living from a home insulation business.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #59 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 107

Tips on what to look for when choosing an old dwelling to fix up and sell.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #76 Jul-Aug 1982 pg. 172

A guide to when and how to hire a contractor.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1980 (v.1#3) pg. 88

Be your own contractor. Save 25% and get a better house in the bargain.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1984 (v.5#5) pg. 18

Be your own contractor. A foolproof construction contract. Legal advice for the homeowner-contractor.
NEW SHELTER Sep 1984 (v.5#7) pg. 86

Be your own contractor. Finding the right people. A step-by-step guide to hiring good subcontractors.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1984 (v.5#8) pg. 68

Tips on professionals that can give expert advice when you are planning to build a new home or remodel an existing one. Design services, builders, remodeling contractors, kitchen and bath specialists, interior designers and architects are described and tips given on when and how to use each one.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1985 (v.6#5) pg. 24

Having a house built for you. A guide for the first-time buyer of a custom-built house.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1986 (v.7#1) pg. 26

A guide to engineers who can provide professional assistance with structural and mechanical work in an old house. Definitions explain different types of engineers, what they do and how they charge. Includes tips on selecting an engineer.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1985 (v.13#1) pg. 21

Working with contractors. How to have a good relationship. Suggestions on methods for finding one, verifying his qualifications, defining the job. Also looks at necessary paperwork including the contract, change order forms, pre-completion punch list and the final sign-off.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1989 (v.17#4) pg. 32

Construction management. A creative alternative to using a general contractor when building or remodeling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1995 (v.23#5) pg. 56

Home remodeling dollars and sense. Tips on cost vs. value, selecting a contractor, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1986 (v.163#4) pg. 100

Working with contractors. Tips on planning, selecting a contractor, contracts, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1987 (v.164#1) pg. 22

Homeowner's 10-point checklist to help in the selection and monitoring of a home improvement contractor.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1990 (v.167#1) pg. 70

Tips on finding a good home-improvement contractor and a summary of the details that should appear in a contract.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Feb 1989 (v.4#1) pg. 26
Added Info PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Apr 1989 (v.4#3) pg. 8
Added Info PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1989 (v.4#6) pg. 12

Filling the contractor's workboots. A look at what it takes to be your own general contractor.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov 1989 (v.4#8) pg. 38

Remodeling perils and how to sidestep the pitfalls when working with a contractor.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov 1989 (v.4#8) pg. 40

Remodeler warranties. An overview of the value and recourse under such warranties.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1990 (v.5#7) pg. 12

Getting a variance. How to win exceptions to zoning regulations when remodeling a house.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1990 (v.5#7) pg. 16

Before you hire a moonlighter. Liability and insurance considerations which the homeowner should understand when hiring laborers or remodeling contractors.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov-Dec 1990 (v.5#8) pg. 22

When not to do it yourself. Veteran remodeling contractors and other industry experts tell how to avoid D-I-Y headaches.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov-Dec 1990 (v.5#8) pg. 62

Time and materials home improvement contracts. A look at the pros and cons, plus tips on selecting a contractor.
Added Info PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 6

How to live through remodeling. Readers share 14 experiences. Suggestions include planning, taking bids, choosing a contractor, avoiding financial conflicts, living & cooking arrangements, dealing with workmen and handling the mess.
SUNSET May 1981 (v.166#5) pg. 148

The ins and outs of getting a building permit.
SUNSET Mar 1990 (v.184#3) pg. 132

Advice on how to hire a contractor for a successful remodeling project.
SUNSET Sep 1995 (v.195#3) pg. 110

When you are the contractor. Advice on supervising the construction of an addition.
SUNSET Aug 1996 (v.197#2) pg. 98

A project checklist that will help determine which contractor to hire for a home remodeling project.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #808 Sep 1996 (v.92) pg. 34

Three tests to help find the right contractor for a project.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #809 Oct 1996 (v.92) pg. 16

House-training your contractor. How to establish house rules with a contractor before work on the project begins.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #810 Nov 1996 (v.92) pg. 16

Working alongside the pros. Work-sharing on a home remodeling project. What to expect from being one on the subcontractors on your own jog site.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #811 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 (v.92) pg. 18
Added Info TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #813 Mar 1997 (v.93) pg. 10

Advice on working out a detailed agreement with a home remodeling contractor.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #812 Feb 1997 (v.93) pg. 18

Your checkbook is the boss. Advice on a well-written payment schedule when doing home remodeling.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #813 Mar 1997 (v.93) pg. 22
Added Info TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #815 May 1997 (v.93) pg. 90

Lessons from finishing school. How to create a punch list of items to be completed or corrected in a home remodeling job.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #814 Apr 1997 (v.93) pg. 26

How to avoid five homeowner habits that could turn a home remodeling project into a nightmare.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #815 May 1997 (v.93) pg. 30

Making sense out of bids. How to choose the right contractor when the bids you receive for home remodeling are widely different.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #816 Jun 1997 (v.93) pg. 22

Home center professionals reveal the most common product-ordering mistakes and how to avoid them. A guide to ordering materials used in home renovation.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #816 Jun 1997 (v.93) pg. 57

How to fire your contractor. Advice on how to break a home remodeling contract in mid-remodel without becoming a further victim, and how to hire a new contractor to finish the job.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #817 Jul-Aug 1997 (v.93) pg. 20

Adding extras amiably. How to keep a remodeling project on track even when those inevitable add-ons arise.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #818 Sep 1997 (v.93) pg. 22

Orchestrating your project. Tips to keep a remodeling project on tempo all the way to the end.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #819 Oct 1997 (v.93) pg. 20

Hiring specialists for big jobs. Tips on finding and choosing a specialty contractor.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #821 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 (v.93) pg. 18

Suggestions for where to cut costs without cutting quality when having house remodeling done by a professional.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #822 Feb 1998 (v.94) pg. 20

Advice on when and why you should let a contractor purchase building and remodeling supplies.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #823 Mar 1998 (v.94) pg. 22

The art of inspection. Advice to the homeowner on making daily walk-through inspections of a construction or remodeling project.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #825 May 1998 (v.94) pg. 17

Fending off decison fatigue. Knowing what decisions to make and when will keep your project on schedule.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #826 Jun 1998 (v.94) pg. 14

Establishing sensible payment plans for a remodeling contractor.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #839 Oct 1999 (v.95) pg. 16

A basic list of safeguards to consider before signing a home remodeling contract.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1975 (v.31#5) pg. 39

Room addition. Part 1. A look at building codes, financing, planning and picking a contractor to put up the shell.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1977 (v.33#3) pg. 42